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Young leaders step up

31 Jul 2015 09:53pm IST

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Dolcy D’Cruz

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31 Jul 2015 09:53pm IST

Report by
Dolcy D’Cruz

College elections go beyond their political connotations to be the tool that builds a system that can bring about growth, for the students and institute at large. Café finds out what the recently elected members have in store for their college for the academic year 2015-2016

For any institute, its students are its most prized assets and also its most important responsibility as the onus of shaping their young minds falls upon the institute. Aiding the institute in reaching out to the students is the Student Council, a committee of students elected by the students to represent the whole. It is important for the General Secretary (GS), who leads the committee, to be adept in connecting with the students and meeting with the authorities. With the commencement of the new academic year, many colleges have already elected their Student Council while the elections are ongoing is some.

Suheb Naik from Pilar is a third year student studying Civil Engineering at Government Polytechnic Panjim. He was elected the GS just yesterday, winning unopposed with 28 votes out of a total of 34 members of the General Body which comprises the Class Representatives (CR) of the institute. He was one of the expected candidates as he previously held the posts of Cultural Secretary and Sports Secretary over the last two years.

“My dream project for the last three years is a National Level Technical Paper Presentation and Expo event where students from all over the country will get a chance to present their talents through papers and project presentation here in our college. At the same time, we will try to bring the best and top level industries of the nation to display their machineries and technology at our exhibition, which will help the students learn about the current technology prevailing in the market,” says Suheb.

As a sports enthusiast, he also has plans of organising a state level football tournament and state level cricket tournament and regular classes after college hours for badminton, table tennis, volleyball, basketball and martial arts. “We are also working on getting wi-fi connectivity for our college library to familiarise students with ebooks, etc. This year, we have planned an annual five-day ‘Fusion 2015’ in December which will include more than 100 events,” he adds.

Terrence Vaz, the GS of VM Salgaocar College of Law hopes to gain national recognition for his college. Elected as the GS on July 23, 2015, Terrance just headed the first meeting of the Student Council comprising 20 members. “The members of the Council are very cooperative and organised. Our goal is to help the talent within the college and take it to a higher level,” says Terrence, an academic ranker and state level basketball player.

“The Council plans on working out a schedule to include at least 6-8 events in each semester. This will encourage students to participate in intercollegiate events. ‘Lex Novitas’, an annual event, will be held in February 2016,” adds Terrence.

The first woman Chairperson of the Goa University Student Council, Dasha Days, from Anjuna, was in office for the academic year 2014-2015. Dasha, who recently completed her MCom, had won unopposed and was the Lady Representative for the college for two years. “One of the major problems the Goa University students were facing was of transport. There were no regular buses but now we have a bus every half an hour plying either to Panjim or Bambolim. Another issue was of women security and eve teasing. As the Goa University campus is secluded, it was compulsory to make the region safer for women students. I approached Priyanka Kashyap, SP of State Police Control Room and Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), to provide patrolling which has been done. We even have a security guard at the entrance of every block to make the premises safer,” says Dasha.

As students take the responsibility of leadership upon themselves, they are not only committing to be the bridge between the authorities and students but are also honing their leadership skills for the future.

 

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